I bought my very first spinning wheel* last Monday and I broke all the rules of buying a spinning wheel- I bought a used wheel without ever having even touched a spinning wheel in my life. Thanks to Nicolassa and an Ashford instructional manual, I was able to make an informed purchase on this finished, single drive Traveller (which happened to be my dream wheel- fate?) It was only $250!
I immediately ordered bobbins and a maintenance kit, as this guy was in need of a tune up. I practiced just treadling until Friday, when the goods arrived. I replaced the brake, drive band, and oiled him up, and I haven't stopped spinning since (seriously, I left the house once, on Saturday morning- to go to the post office to pick up a box of wool!!)
Listed in order of which they were spun:
Corriedale roving that I dyed myself:
Allsorts, about 2 oz, worsted weight, from the giant scrap batt I bought from Copperpot Woolies (also my first plied yarn!!)
Vamped, 2.25 ounces, heavy worsted/bulky, Corriedale roving that I dyed:
Solemn, 2 ounces, heavy worsted/bulky, BFL roving that I dyed:
Woodstock, about 4 oz, bulky weight (from Lapoli):
Live Wire, 1.75 oz, thick and thin, from Hobbledhoy (a LOLBatt!!)
This was also my first time trying coils/hives/granny barrels/whatever these are:
I am SO EXCITED!!! Spinning is a thousand times easier with a wheel (for me anyways) and I can get so much more done! Which means I may get through all of the fiber I have been hoarding....
It's also the most relaxing thing in the world. I almost fell asleep doing it on Saturday night (although it was well past midnight...)
*Note: Spinning wheel is yet to be named. I am thinking about it, I promise.